The Jerusalem Unity Prize in Memory of Eyal, Gil-ad and Naftali, and Unity Day, is a joint initiative between the Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat, the families of Eyal Ifrach, Gil-ad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel z”l, and Gesher. As the week of mourning for the boys was coming to an end in the summer of 2014, Mayor Barkat and the families searched for the appropriate way to nurture the flames of unity that so engulfed the Jewish people during that time, and keep them burning. The Jerusalem Unity Prize and Unity Day honor that sense of togetherness and hope that was so tangible during those 18 days from when the boys were kidnapped and until their bodies were found.

The Jerusalem Unity Prizes are substantial awards given to individuals, organizations, and initiatives in Israel and throughout the Jewish world whose actions are instrumental in advancing mutual respect for others amongst the Jewish people, both in times of crisis and in daily life. The Prizes are awarded during a special ceremony held at the President of Israel’s official residence on Unity Day, around the beginning of June each year. In the 2 years since the launch of Unity Day, 26 countries throughout the world, and over 1.5 million people have marked the day. Unity Day is a global movement joining schools, youth movements, congregations and communities for activities, conversation and inspiration.  Unity Day 2022 will be marked on May 31, 2022.

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    Former Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat Chairman

    Prize Committee Chairman
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    Amal Asad

    Israeli-Druze General Brigadier (res)
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    Oshra Friedman

    Deputy Director-General of the Authority for the Advancement of the Status of Women
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    Yisrael Goldschmidt

    Publisher, Kikar Hashabat
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    Noam Lautman

    Chairman of the Lautman Family Foundation, social entrepreneur
  • הורדה

    Rabbi David Menachem

    Rabbi of the "Heichal Uriel" Community
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    Rabbi Shai Piron

    Educator, Former Minister of Education
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    Karin Mayer Rubinstein

    CEO & President Israel Advanced Technology Industries (IATI)
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    Natan Sharansky

    Former Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel
  • הרב סתיו

    Rabbi David Stav

    Chief Rabbi of the city of Shoham, Chairman of the Tzohar organization
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    Iris & Ori Ifrach

    Parents of Eyal z"l
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    Racheli & Avi Fraenkel

    Parents of Naftali z"l
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    Bat-Galim & Ofir Shaer

    Parents of Gil-ad z"l

Prize Team

We will be happy to answer any questions

    Robert & Amy Book
    David & Sarena Koschitzky
    Ira & Ingeborg Rennert
    Jay & Jeanie Schottenstein
    Ronnen Harary
    UJA Federation of New York
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